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Mark Salisbury | Prometheus: The Art of the Film (Titan Books)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Monday, 09 July 2012 18:36

One of the most common themes a reader will walk away with is that Ridley Scott is a man who has a specific vision and is not easily pleased with “close enough.”

 

Paul Scanlon and Michael Gross | The Book of Alien; Lee Brimmicombe-Wood | Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 15 June 2012 12:15

To put it another way, they're both nerds' delight, but for different sets of nerds.

   

The Cabin in the Woods | Companion & Novelization (Titan Books)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 16 May 2012 21:10

cabin sqPossibly the most interesting fact of the discussion is that the script Goddard and Whedon wrote is, by their account, almost exactly what ended up being filmed and included in the final film, a fact that is shocking to say the least.

 

Various Authors | Care to Make Love in That Gross Little Space Between Cars (Vintage Books)

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Written by Jenn Metzler Tuesday, 03 April 2012 10:25

caretomakeloveConsidering the seemingly stellar lineup of writers, musicians, and comics, Care to Make Love is an enormous disappointment. Louis C.K. comes across as a petulant child, but at least the editors had the foresight to warn the reader that “Mr. C.K.” was “having a bad day.”

   

Debby Herbenick & Vanessa Schick | Read My Lips (Rowman & Littlefield)

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Written by Ashley White Monday, 26 March 2012 21:07

read-my-lipsRead My Lips is the go-to book for all things lady parts.

 

Tom Feiling | Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over the World (Pegasus Books)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Monday, 27 February 2012 13:47

From big time drug lords to government insiders, Feiling paints a detailed and solid picture of the U.S. government and its historical, interdependent relationship with cocaine.

 

   

David Hughes | Tales From Development Hell (Titan Books)

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Written by Matthew Newlin Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:41

The entire book is filled with interesting stories and frustrating endings for films that could have been terrific.

 

 

Stephen J. Burn (ed.) | Conversations with David Foster Wallace (University Press of Mississippi)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 10 February 2012 17:19

 

book conv-dfwWhereas Wallace’s books highlight his brilliant mind and flair of the written word, these interviews show him to be just as thoughtful—and every bit as genius—in a straightforward and unedited form.

 

 

   

Al Riske | Sabrina’s Window (Luminis)

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Written by Al Riske Friday, 10 February 2012 17:15

 

book sabrinas-windowYou become entangled in their lives, cringing when they miss an opportunity or make a bad emotional decision.

 

Jeffrey Ricker | Detours (Bold Stroke)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Saturday, 21 January 2012 13:36

book detoursIf you can ignore the nagging questions, you’ll enjoy the read.

   

Marcus Hearn | The Hammer Vault: Treasures from the Archive of Hammer Films (Titan Books)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 06 January 2012 08:44

Each entry is copiously illustrated with production photos, posters, and related materials, giving you a real feel for the spirit of each film.

 

Tyler McMahon | How the Mistakes Were Made (St. Martin’s Griffin)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Thursday, 22 December 2011 11:44

book mistakesHow the Mistakes Were Made gets it all right: the gritty underground music scene, the big-name label games, the discord that invariably springs from band members.

   

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